Latifee's mission is to duplicate the Dhaka-based bank's success in Bangladesh around the world. He has set up 105 Grameen clones from Burma to Bosnia. They make closely supervised loans, usually of less than $100, to people at the bottom of society to expand such businesses as handicrafts and food-vending.
Latifee argues Grameen's tiny loans do more good than the billions lent by the International Monetary Fund. In the Asia crisis, he says, the IMF "provided support without targeting the poor." With Grameen, that's never an issue.